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January 13, 2015
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All in a Day’s Work

Two Schneider Electric facility engineers share their tips for ensuring the safety, efficiency and reliability of a site’s electrical system. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor The infrastructure of a typical commercial or industrial facility is a complex network of electrical, electronic, process and control, automation and building-management systems. Some facilities include critical power and cooling […]

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January 13, 2015
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Viewpoint: A House Divided — Reliability or Cost Control?

By Jeff Dudley, Solomon Associates “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”—Abraham Lincoln “As every divided kingdom falls, so every mind divided between many studies confounds and saps itself.” —Leonardo da Vinci Who could have guessed that the words of these two historical giants might one day apply to the world of reliability? Incongruous as […]

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December 1, 2014
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A Contrarian View: What Being Proactive Really Means

By Heinz Bloch, P.E. A company I choose to call NTBO (“Not-To-Be-Offended”) will long remember a string of expensive pump failures that jeopardized the continuity of boiler feed water supplied to its power generation turbines. When all components were carefully measured, it was determined that the oil-slinger concentricity exceeded maximum allowable by a factor of […]

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December 1, 2014
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Speeding Up the Manufacturing Connection

Researchers say the Internet of Things may have its strongest influence on the manufacturing sector because of its heavy reliance on well-applied data. Getting up to speed is the challenge. By Rick Carter, Executive Editor Manufacturing can be like professional sports in the way it churns out statistics. In both cases, the better those stats […]

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December 1, 2014
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Reliability Trends Showcase

Mobile Reporting Software for Smart Watches Schneider Electric’s 2014 R2 version of its Wonderware SmartGlance mobile reporting software now supports smart watches. By making this critical data available on smart phones, tablets and wearables, SmartGlance software enables users to make rapid, effective decisions. If you own a smart watch, just download the Wonderware SmartGlance software […]

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November 4, 2014
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ROI From Improved Emergency Power Protection

Leveraging best practices in maintenance with state-of-the-art monitoring technologies and remote services will keep your UPS systems in compliance, reliable and available. By Jane Alexander, Managing Editor Because uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units and their batteries must function properly during unplanned outages, a compromised emergency power system can mean serious trouble. At this critical time, […]

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November 4, 2014
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The Reliability-Driven Maintenance Organization

Getting there requires taking a close look at weaknesses and taking measurable steps to correct them. Here, a respected industry expert shares tips on how to become a high-performing operation. By Christer Idhammar Any plant maintenance department wants to be known as a cost-effective organization. For our purposes, “cost effective” means maintenance without waste: where […]

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September 28, 2014
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Detection Of Cooling-Water Intrusion Into Standby-Power Diesel Engines

This case study discusses pitfalls associated with the condition-monitoring of oil in a generator’s lubrication system. By Randall Noon, P.E. Diesel-engine generators, the stalwart mainstays of standby-power systems, offer several advantages: They efficiently provide electrical power, when needed, with the push of a button or automatically, perhaps, when under-voltage conditions in the grid trip their […]

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